Reviews of Sein und Werden
Autumn 2013 - Glamourama

The World is a Text, Impenetrable by the Elect
B D Collier

The most recent issue of Sein und Werden offers up a selection of works tied to the theme "Glamourama". The contents are highly polished, as if the contributors wrapped their harlots and hit-men in the slinkiest sequined gowns and perfectly tailored tuxedos, then Rachel Kendall invited them to an arsenic cocktail party where you're the guest of honor. The highlight of the evening is slicing away the diamonds and dance routines to reveal the skeletons hidden under all the make-up.


Spring 2013 - Exquisite Corpse

Douglas Thompson's blog

Meanwhile, my favourite high priestess of the weird, Rachel Kendall has published three "Exquisite Corpses" in the latest copy of the online magazine Sein und Werden. An "Exquisite Corpse" was a nickname given to a writing game devised by the Surrealist artists led by writer Andre Breton, not dissimilar to the British picture game 'consequences', except that each writer must write the next paragraph of story having read only the paragraph before, written anonymously by someone else, and so on. All in all, a brilliantly liberating and unpredictable experiment, and a lot of fun.


April 2012 - Sur-Noir

Douglas Thompson's blog

I'm impressed. Rachel Kendall, the high priestess presiding over the cult mag Sein und Werden has typed up the entire latest issue (guest edited by Marc Lowe) on an old fashioned antique typewriter thingy in order to capture the correct grungey ethos for this issue's theme: "Sur-Noir", an exotic blend of Noir crime writing and the Surreal.


April 2011 - Magnificent Monsters

Martin Hoeldtke reviews
Martin Hoeldtke

This is a literary magazine, make no mistake about it, and Sein und Werden shows itself off in grand style -- absolutely horrifying and on the loose in this dense and sophisticated carnival of monstrosity.


January 2011 - Pharmacopoiea

The Future Fire
Sheri White

"...'Love Drugs' by Willie Smith is a very short but powerful story... 'Brauner's Vision' by Marc Lowe [is] very well-written, suspenseful and full of paranoia. Excellent use of detail and mood...  Michael Estabrook's 'Dr. Joe from New Mexico' is a dark but amusing take on one of the most disrespected types of medical practice... 'Karas d'Carcasse' by Mark Howard Jones, is a grim story about dealers and their users that is just a relevant today, even though set in World War II... Noel Slobada's 'Pluck,' one of my favorite stories of this issue, shows how a single flaw can get in the way of a relationship... Drugs are a seductive, powerful lover, and this is made very clear in 'Song of the Impure',  by A.A. Garrison[,] the longest story, as well as the best..."


Exaggerated Press
Terry Grimwood

Sein und Werden is one of those great little magazines that cannot be pigeonholed but is always guaranteed to delight, shock and infuriate. Is it a horror magazine, a very, very dark fantasy publication, literature, avant garde? Well, all of those things and none. And, like a pill that will be good for you, it must be swallowed whole.

Martin Hoeldtke reviews
Martin Hoeldtke

Throughout the issue there is almost always a sense of danger that makes drugs somewhat more irresistible than merely conducive to judgments of overt irresponsibility or purposefulness on the part of the user/abuser. If the working theory is, before the pages are opened, that some drugs like crack or methamphetamine are so irresponsibly dangerous as to belie sympathy for the abuser, then a story like Lowe's may imply that the "fairness" of the consequent rewards and punishments might be unknowable once the pain or pleasure begins.


The World is a Text, Impenetrable by the Elect
B D Collier

After a long (far too long) hiatus, Rachel Kendall returns to her post as editor for the Pharmacopoeia issue, opening the secrets of the locked medicine chest your mother always told you to leave well enough alone. Like previous issues, the material comprising Pharmacopoeia all follow the titular theme, and the cadre of poets, authors and artists dispense a horrific formulary of experimental medicine sure to cure your ills...or at least make you forget them for a while.


Winter 2009 - Bauhaus

Neon Magazine
Reviewed by Nick Jackson

Each issue of this magazine has been in some way a unique object with some home-made aspect to its construction. This issue has been painstakingly cut and pasted (yes, with scissors and glue, folks!) into a spiral bound notebook--it's a truly lovely little object, decorated with some neat little geometrical studies by Tray Drumhann and Andrew Abbot.


Autumn 2008 - Philias and Fetishes

Zygote in My Coffee
Reviewed by Russell Bittner

What did I like about "Philias and Fetishes" and what do I like about Sein und Werden in general?  Think of a football stadium filled with thousands of loud, garish, ball-busting types-then think the opposite.  Better yet, imagine all of those thousands bound and gagged and left to dine on each other's spoils in the kind of oubliette for which the London Tower gets a knowing nod.


A. J. Kirby: The Writer
Reviewed by AJ Kirby

Sein seems to attract a wonderful cross-section of up and coming writers, trying their most innovative stuff. It's risky, provocative and of the moment.


Abandon Yr Timid Notion
Reviewed by Richard Barrett

sein und werden is STRANGE.its strangeness, though, is what makes the magazine.it's strangeness is why i can't wait for the next issue.


Amazing Grace
Review of print issue by Grace Andreacchi

SEIN UND WERDEN is going from strength to strength, and editor Rachel Kendall is tending a very special garden among those many new plots that are flourishing outside the mainstream. Her garden is a strange one, lit with a hellish light, and playful for all that, in the way that dangerous animals can be playful.

Review of web  issue by Grace Andreacchi

'Here's a curious thing,' begins editor Rachel Kendall's short-and-sweet introduction to the winter issue of SEIN UND WERDEN. Curiosity is indeed aroused as the assembled talents turn their attention to the peculiar and compelling world of 'philias and fetishes'. Leave your prejudices, your fears, your everyday sanities behind you and prepare to say, with young Alice 'Goodbye, feet!'. The writers here telescope in on a variety of strange and compelling behaviours, each of which becomes a window onto some dark corner of desire.


Autumn 2008 - Memento Mori

The Scrambler
Reviewed by Marc Lowe

I have not been able to cover much of the fabulously strange and beautiful work included in this issue… and so I bid you (beg you, actually) to read it-all of it-for yourself and see if you don't agree that Sein und Werden is one of the coolest, edgiest, out-and-and weirdest 'zines in existence on the web or anywhere else.


Clockwise Cat
Reviewed by David McLean

Online there's also a pile of noisome delectations, savory as a little bunch of chopped corpse fingers sautéed in widow's tears, both hypocritical and genuine.


Parameter Magazine
Reviewed by Michael Murray

You will find in issues of Sein Und Werden magazine echoes of William Burroughs, of, I think I'm right, the Russell Hoban of Riddley Walker, and most definitely of Douglas Adams. Not derivative, note, but picking up, tuning into the most incisive voices of American writing, and the joyous exuberance of English, American/English.


Vol 2 # 2 - Clowns/ghosts

Whispers of Wickedness
Reviewed by Steve Redwood

I think I should say at once that this is the last time I shall review Sein und Werden because I know I'm simply not the right person for the job, and can't do justice to the poetry or the 'odder' pieces, finding it difficult to distinguish between sheer nonsense and a true 'ism'...


Prick of the Spindle
Reviewed by Cynthia Reeser

"Bring Out Your Dead," a collection of ghost stories, and, on the flip-side, "Send in the Clowns," a section replete with some of the more gruesome types of clownish humor. It's certainly not for everyone, but then the idea behind underground journals like Sein und Werden is just that -it's not your mama's mainstream literature. And for that, we applaud the journal.


Vol 2 # 1 - Rejectamenta

The Future Fire
Reviewed by Sarah Ann Watts

What strikes a new reader is the variety and richness on offer. There are 20 writers, artists and poets featured, short stories, poems, novel excerpts and artwork all brought together in a dynamic collection. It is the raw energy, variety and intensity in the writing that kept me turning the pages.


The Paris Bitter Hearts Pit
reviewed by Vim Cortez

Sein und Werden is getting better, wilder, more ambitious each time. This issue is a rough, relentless, perplexing, worthwhile collection of literary slaps... Get it while you can.


Susurrus Magazine
Reviewed by James Christopher Maddox

I believe this area of surrealist fiction is powerful in the publishing world. The ideas and concepts that SuW allow us to access, that they support and encourage, are those of gods. Self-made gods, sure, but gods none the less.

Vol 1 # 4 - Artifice

Whispers of Wickedness
Reviewed by Jim Steele

Artifice is a challenging and invigorating collection from a magazine that is rapidly becoming essential.

Vol 1. # 3 - Collaboration

Whispers of Wickedness
Review of online issue by Peter Tennant

Flicking through the pages of this publication it's obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the production and layout, with efforts to make it as interesting for the visual aspects as the written content. There are subtle differences from page to page - white text on black background and vice versa, pages with several items and those that have only one, some unadorned and others with borders - and yet despite all the variety a guiding intelligence is at work, so that the separate parts complement the whole perfectly.


Mad Hatter's Review by Ralph Robert Moore

Of all the genres, horror has consistently been the one that achieves its best effects through the distortion of "reality" (the one word in the English language, according to Vladimir Nabokov, that should always be encased in quotes). Her exploration of the exaggerating techniques of Expressionism and Surrealism is exciting and, as evidenced by this issue, worthwhile.

Whispers of Wickedness by Steve Redwood & Peter Tennant

"I think we're both agreed that SuW is a magazine that's carving out a path of its own and publishing material you won't find the likes of elsewhere, for which the editors deserve recognition."

The Future Fire by Christopher Michaels

"This group of collaborative experiments are what you expect of any attempt to enter new territory: you stub your toe sometimes, but that's par for the course and there are so many interesting, scary and beautiful things around you soon forget it."

Vol 1. # 2 - Doppelganger

by ST

"The appeal of Sein und Werden is its endearing punk, d.i.y. photocopied quality, a perfect anecdote to the current glut of pretty but mind-numblingly inane celebrity author obsessed journals... and, better yet, a nice compliment to their own website, which runs a whole other batch of similarly themed writing."

Laura Hird by Peter Tennant

"Sein und Werden is a magazine that takes risks and revels in being different. Certainly won't be to everybody's taste, but full credit to the editors for giving a home to quirky prose, poetry and artwork of this kind, and chances are if you're willing to take a chance on the magazine you will find something, probably many things, to delight and disturb, amaze and amuse, to challenge your expectations of what literature and art should be. Recommended."

The Paris Bitter Hearts Pit by Vim Cortez:

"Experimentation is still a very prominent feature of this excellent issue. Look elsewhere for traditional or mainstream literature."

Whispers of Wickedness by Terry Grimwood

Energy. That is what comes off the Sein und Werden print version Issue 2, the doppelganger issue in which many of its stories fair crackle with the stuff. Even the magazine itself, the cover, the paper, the slightly rough-edged feel of the thing gives off a sense of immediacy, of you must read this now!

Vol 1. # 1 - Objet Trouvé

The Paris Bitter Hearts Pit

"...But the discriminating reader (that old bastard) is certain to find something suited to their literary cravings in this diverse yet coherent issue, which sports the colours of a special brand of surrealism / existentialism."

Whispers of Wickedness by Alison Littlewood

"To sum up: the content in Sein Und Werden is terrific. This is a magazine that definitely has guts, and isn't afraid to put them on display."